Understanding Mental Illness

//Understanding Mental Illness
Understanding Mental Illness 2018-02-02T16:36:03+00:00

Conferences

Every year, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania hosts a regional Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference in southwestern Pennsylvania, and a state Mental Health and Wellness Conference in Harrisburg. These events feature innovative keynote speakers, NAMI leaders, and workshops designed for professionals, students, individuals with lived experience, and family members.

Know the Facts:

1 in 5 Americans is affected by mental illness every year.

What is Mental Illness?

A mental illness is a medical condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, or mood. It can also disrupt someone’s ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion, or income. Experiences will differ, but mental illnesses are treatable and people diagnosed with a mental illness can have relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

In addition to medication, psychosocial treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, peer support groups, and other community services can also be components of a treatment plan that help with recovery. The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends, and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental illness recovery.

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